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GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: EARTH 2

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I have just read the first four volumes of DC Comics’ New 52 Earth 2 storyline and I am enjoying the series so far. It depicts how one generation of superheroes (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman) sacrificed themselves to save the world. Then their mantle is taken by a new generation of superheroes. I have witnessed the reimagined origin stories of classical superheroes such as The Flash/Jay Garrick, Green Lantern/Alan Scott, Hawkgirl/Kendra Saunders, and Doctor Fate among many others. In addition to presenting new versions of some of the classic heroes, Earth 2 also presented different versions of other heroes. For example, Red Tornado was Lois Lane instead of John Smith and Batman was Thomas Wayne instead of Bruce Wayne. Thomas Wayne, in particular, reminded me of the Flashpoint comics and proved to be a darker and more brutal Batman than his son Bruce Wayne ever was. Overall, this is proving to be a very interesting read and I would recommend it to anyone enjoys DC Comics and the general superhero genre.

CHARACTER REVIEW: AEGON TARGARYEN VI (YOUNG GRIFF)

Aegon_VI_con_Compañía_Dorada_by_Diego_Gisbert©I have been reading the Game of Thrones books and I have a few theories about the mysterious character who calls himself Aegon Targaryen VI, son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell. There have been countless issues and theories revolving around the character because Aegon was supposedly dead before the events of the books, but in A Dance with Dragons it was revealed that he may in fact be alive. The reason for this is because the spymaster of King’s Landing Varys claimed be replaced Aegon with an impostor infant who was killed instead of him. Then after sending him into hiding in Essos, Varys had secretly been training Aegon for his future role as King of the Iron Throne.

In my own opinion, I believe “Aegon” may be an impostor raised to believe he was the real Aegon. If Varys wanted to convince the Seven Kingdoms that he was the real Aegon when the time came, he would have just taken Aegon into hiding instead of replacing him with another infant. That way, the Seven Kingdoms wouldn’t know his final fate until he revealed himself. Also, even though “Aegon” has been trained all his life to rule and has all the necessary skills to be King, there is no guarantee that his descendants will be good kings or queens, which would ultimately doom Varys’s plan.

There have been multiple hints that “Aegon” may not be a Targaryen at all, but a survivor of House Blackfyre, who were close relatives of House Targaryen who tried to overthrow them multiple times. While it was mentioned that the male line of House Blackfyre is extinct, they made no mention about the female line of House Blackfyre. With this in mind, “Aegon” might be either the son or descendant of the female line of House Blackfyre.

Since House Blackfyre tried to overthrow the Targaryens on multiple occasions, the current conditions of the Seven Kingdoms would greatly work in their favor for a variety of different reasons. First, the War of the Five Kings has made the Seven Kingdoms weaker and more vulnerable than they have ever been, which will make them easier to conquer. Also, since the Targaryens were the only ones standing in House Blackfyre’s way of inheriting the Iron Throne, this would also be beneficial for them because the only known Targaryen is on the other side of the world and unable to oppose them.

In general, I cannot wait to find out the truth (if there even is one) about “Aegon” when the new book comes out.

WRITING UPDATE: VOLUME FOUR (CHAPTER 2 ADDITIONS) PART 2

As I continue to brainstorm on how the second chapter of volume four should evolve, I thought of keeping the Young Guardians’ backup plan a secret until volume five. However, I have decided that this chapter will hint the back up plan as well as show how the past few months have affected the Young Guardians as a team. This will be a time when the Young Guardians are recovering from the aftermath of volume three and forced into hiding until they can find new allies. It will be the first time since the first volume of my series that the Young Guardians are at their most vulnerable.

MUSIC INSPIRATION: THE ONE-WINGED ANGEL

One of the songs that seriously ignite my imagination is The One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII, preferably the orchestra version from Advent Children. As I listen to this song, I can envision the Young Guardians’ final conflict with the main villain, Vogan. During this conflict, I can see the Young Guardians battling Vogan while constantly being at the mercy of his unstoppable power. With each sudden change in note, I can see every devastating attack, every desperate countermeasure, and every ounce of collateral damage. Every now and then, I could see the cold calculating gaze of Vogan’s soulless white eyes and standing amongst the corpses of his victims. As the song comes to a close, I could see the battle between Vogan and the Young Guardians reaching a cataclysmic conclusion in fire and multi-colored energy.

CHARACTER CREATION: ALEXANDER ANDREWS

In the third volume of my series, the Young Guardians have encounters with several enemies from their early superhero careers. These individuals were recruited by Vogan (the main villain) to serve as weapons against the Young Guardians. Among these miscreants is the first major criminal the Young Guardians ever defeated: Alexander Andrews. Before the Young Guardians’ careers took off, Alexander was a notorious serial killer and complete and utter psychopath. Although he is one hundred percent human, Alexander has capabilities that would consider him inhuman. For instance, he is freakishly strong, able to overpower and kill virtually any individual with his bare hands. He also suffers from a neurological disease that renders him completely immune to physical pain, allowing him to take serious damage while still able-bodied enough to fight. Psychologically, Alexander’s mind is so twisted and warped that reading his thoughts is impossible, which makes him completely unpredictable. With these traits, when the Young Guardians confronted him, Alexander nearly killed two of the Young Guardians before he was captured. In other words, Alexander Andrews is a dangerous foe to face.

AMAZON REVIEW: THE YOUNG GUARDIANS AND THE GENESIS SPELL

The first volume of my series, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell, received the following review on Amazon:

“Grady’s books invite us into the mind of a science fiction lover. The characters are many and purposefully defined. Grady is a talented young man who obviously loves what he does. With time and experience his writing will mature and I expect to see his books around for a long time to come. Keep writing, Grady P. Brown! I am impressed by his bio and with what he has accomplished. I am still working through the second book. I love the descriptions of the characters and their traits rated on a numerical scale. Very inventive, and actually quite helpful.”

BARNES AND NOBLE REVIEW: THE YOUNG GUARDIANS AND THE GENESIS SPELL

On Barnes and Noble’s website, the first volume of my series, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell, received this five star review:

“I have read this author before and he has a way of writing page turning material. In this new book he follows a group of LA youths who are transformed from mere mortals into protectors for the benefit of humanity. An interesting aspect of this book is that in a character appendix, the author lists all of the super powers of his heroes. This drama plays out in the area around Los Angeles, and their arch enemy is the Cyber Shadow who is tall, with red eyes, and dresses in black and grey armor. He is a power hungry madman who wants to be King of the World. It is the Young Guardian’s job to make sure that does not happen. All of the battling leads to a dramatic confrontation, but it is not the end of the story. Although the Shadow is defeated, it turns out that he has not been vanquished. The author is a talented story teller and includes many imaginative plot twists in this tale. This is a fast paced, dialog driver thriller that is hard to put down.”